What & Where is open in York for families? York

What’s Open – Activities

Dean Gardens York MinsterWe have a blog listing all of the Parks, Open Spaces and Gardens in York that are now open – we are keeping this updated with the latest information.

This Includes information on Rowntrees Park, Homestead Park, Dean’s Park, Yorkshire Museum Gardens and lots more.

You can see the blog HERE or by clicking on the photo to the right.

Reopening 4th July

Pottery & Glass Cafe in the heart of the city.

At Bish Bash Pot you can indulge your little ones creative side. With no added studio fee the price you see is the price you will pay. Come in and enjoy this creative cafe, have a cup of artisan tea or coffee and enjoy some fresh cake, salad or a sandwich from our home baker. Three times a week we have a Messy Makers session. Great fun and something to keep to help you remember this special time.

Please see our website for details. Bespoke baby prints and keepsakes available. Baby Changing facilities, soft play area and breastfeeding mums grab a chair and sit down! With a dedicated party room we offer parties starting from as young as 3 years old. Healthy, yummy party food can also be arranged.

Adults and Corporate bookings welcome. Ladies nights coming soon!

64 Walmgate, YORK, YO1 9TL

01904 654114


Update: Reopening 31st July

City Screen is located in the heart of York, on the main shopping street, overlooking the River Ouse, and is easily accessible by public transport. City Screen offers a varied programme of mainstream and independent movies.  When films are rated U, PG, or 12A a family ticket (for two adults and two children) is available.  The cinema is fully-accessible for people with disabilities, there is a baby-change facility in certain toilets (ask for a key), and the Riverside Café-Bar is welcoming to new mothers and children.  A high-chair is available if needed.

Big Scream
For parents and guardians with babies under one year old, every Wednesday morning at 11am. Membership is free and valid until the baby’s first birthday.

Toddler Time
For preschool children and their parents and carers, every Friday morning at 11.30am. Tickets are £3 for children, free for accompanying adults.

Kids’ Club
Our popular Kids’ Club screenings are every Saturday morning, for children aged 3 – 12. There are activities in the cinema screen from 10.30, followed by a film at 11.15. Tickets for children and accompanying adults are £2.50 each. We also offer kids’ parties in conjunction with Kids’ Club. Email Isla on cityscreenyork@picturehouses.co.uk

Autism-Friendly Screenings
Second Sunday of each month at 11:15am. Adapted to help reduce anxiety and over-stimulation and ensure a safe, enjoyable cinema experience for people with autism, and their families, friends and carers. All tickets are £2.50.

The cinema will open at least 15 minutes before the start of the first film each day.
Our telephone lines are open from 9.00am to 8.30pm, seven days a week. Please telephone or visit the website to book.

13–17 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL

0871 902 5747


Reopening from 11th July. Prebook only. Visitors will be given disposable gloves and masks when unearthing artefacts as well as other safety measures in place.

From the creator of JORVIK Viking Centre comes a hands-on archaeological adventure giving kids the chance to become trainee ‘diggers’ and discover the most exciting artefacts from 2000 years of York’s history!

“One of the best family days out. No other experience gets you as close to the excitement of archaeological discovery.” The One Show’s Dan Snow

Our four excavation pits are filled with Roman, Viking, medieval and VIctorian finds – so grab a trowel, dig up the clues and discover how people lived in the past! Once you’ve unearthed these exciting discoveries, an archaeologist is on hand to help you examine real life archaeological finds like animal bones, pieces of Roman house tiles and even a Viking-Age poo! Don’t worry, the excavation pits are filled with synthetic, mess-free mud, so there’s no need to bring a change of clothes.

St Saviour’s Church, St Saviourgate, York, YO1 8NN

01904 615505


Studio reopening 17th July (Open Thurs-Sun, Mon-Wed is pre-booking for groups only)
– 2 hour time limit for painters
– Mask wearing encouraged
– Please look at items beforehand online to limit browsing time

Pottery Painting Studio in the heart of York!

Rainbows Ceramics Painting Studio is a well established pottery painting studio just 2 mins from York Minster and across the road from York Art Gallery. We have a vast selection of pottery and all the stamps, stencils, sponges and paints you need to help you and your little one get creative.

We are situated on the corner of Bootham and Gillygate and parking is available on Bootham Row, just behind the shop.

Paint at Home Pottery

Why not bring the fun of the studio to your home? Pick what you want to paint and collect it from the studio Friday’s or Saturday’s 12-4pm. You will be provided with a paint pallet and brushes. Please return everything to the studio in one week.

We have a safe collection area and ask for contactless payment only.

Mention York Mumbler for 10% off (excluding parties & evening bookings).

01904 675533


PYO strawberries & soft fruits in the summer months and Pumpkins throughout October. Please pre-book a slot for PYO. Follow signs from the A19, 5 miles north of Easingwold.

Church Farm, Sessay, Thirsk, YO7 3NB

07973 746040


Shop open Mondays 9am-5pm selling fruit and veg as well as deli products and sweet treats.

PYO also now open starting the season with gooseberries and strawberries. Keep an eye on their social media for picking slots and to book your tickets.

01759 373023


York Foot Golf is back! It’s simple, kick the ball into the hole in the lowest amount of shots to win! No football skills or previous experience needed so it’s accessible fun for the whole family! Suitable for anyone aged 6+

£8 Adults
£5 Juniors
£25 Family (2 adults and upto 3 juniors)
NHS staff and their household play free (please bring ID)
There is no ball hire charge however we strongly recommend you bring your own football.

Safety measures:
– Pre-booking only (pre-payment preferred)
– Clubhouse facilities and toilets remain closed
– Social distancing rules must be followed
– Footballs and scorecards sanitised (please bring pen/pencil)
– Tee time intervals increased to 15 minutes
– Each booking allocated a numbered parking space and should not arrive until 10 minutes before tee time
– Only 1 round per visit, we kindly ask you leave the premises immediately after your round

Call or book online!

York FootGolf, Shipton Road, York, YO30 1XW

01904 470549


Allerthorpe Lakeland Park (Near Pocklington)

Opening 14th July

Distance from York: 14 miles

“We went to allerthorpe lake at the weekend and kids really enjoyed it. Bit muddy in places but should have dried out after this week. I paid £4 for me, a 3 year old and a 2year old. Nice little cafe, walk round the lake, a sandpit (that was full of water when we went) and a park. I’m 38 weeks pregnant and it was ideal.”

HT, April 18

Allerthorpe Lakeland Park, it’s lovely.. there’s a cordoned off bit for you to have a little paddle in (not deep and no fish!) also water sports to enjoy from paddle boats to stand boards, it’s a lovely day out especially in this weather! Xx”

HG, June 18

Open Tues – Fri 10am – 4pm & Sat – Sun 9am – 5pm
Open Bank Holiday Mondays & during school holidays.

£2 per person or £5 per family for the woodland walks and play area. Water sports extra.

Melbourne Road, Allerthorpe, Pocklington, York YO42 4RL
T: 01759 301444

Bluebell Farm

Open from 25th June to pick your own strawberries, raspberries, and new potatoes! Open everyday 10am to 4pm.

Loads to pick if you’re looking over weekend. Bluebell farm off the ringroad. So cheap too!

TB June 2018

We went to the one near askham bryan college yesterday (bluebell farm I think it’s called). It was £3.90 per kilo which I thought was good. We got 2 decent sized punnets for £4.

HT June 2018

T: 01904 798426
Askham Bryan, York, YO23 3QY

Can you Escape – York

Reopening with reduced hours 10th July.

Can You Escape is a live room escape game for 2-16 people in York. You and your team will be locked in a room and the countdown will begin.
Can you beat the clock?

“We have done both at Can you Escape in York, I’d say the superhero one would be good fun with an 8 year old.”

Mumbler KE, April 18

15 Micklegate, York, YO1 6JH
T: 01904 230494

Easingwold Maize Maze

As well as a huge maze to navigate your way through, there is also football golf, sandpits, dog walking space, outdoor games and an animal pen. Open 10am until 5pm every day – Saturday 18th July until Sunday 6th September 2020.

The Easingwold Maize Maze, North Yorkshire, YO61 3NG

T: 01677 460337

Play It VR

Reopening 11th July

Great for rainy days! Fun for just you, or up to 6 friends and family at the same time. Play multiplayer together; or do your own thing and explore your virtual world. Check out our full games library on our website.

‘My 3 children loved it today. The owner is so friendly and spent time getting everyone sorted and explained how it all worked. Although it isn’t cheap, they do have a loyalty scheme and it’s definitely something new. Plenty of parking for free in Morrisons too. Do book though as there are only 6 machines soit’s easy to find it booked up.’

EB, May 19

‘The ‘Play It VR’ place in Acomb is great! They have a Fb page and website. Take a look 🙂’

NH, July 19

50A York Rd, York YO24 4LZ

T: 01904 373030

Thor’s Sól Ást

Opening Friday 10th July

From the team behind Thor’s Tipi comes their summer operation: Sól Ást. Situated in the gardens on The Principal York Hotel, you will be able to enjoy a refreshing summer drink alfresco as well as food from the Hog & Apple Food Co. Call for advanced bookings.

T: 07483 339119

Woodside Farm

The fruit fields are open from mid/late June starting with Strawberry and Gooseberry picking and the fruit season finishes at the end of July. We are open 7 days a week, 10am to 6pm. Social distancing rules apply.

Woodside Farm is reasonable ( I think it was £2.70 per kilo for strawberries and £4 for raspberries) and not too far

ES July 2018

Not well advertised but the strawberries are amazing.

LP July 18

T: 01904 704 646
Appleton Road, Acaster Malbis, York, YO23 2XA

York City Walls Walk

Please note there is a one-way system in place.

On a nice day, there isn’t a much better way to see the beautiful city of York than walking around the walls.

Children can enjoy following the route via the golden disks on the floor and remember to take some paper and crayons so they can complete the map rubbings at each of the bars.

The walls go most of the way around the city, just having to get down to street level a couple of times. Not strictly buggy friendly but I know many who have managed it fine. Always a friendly visitor or local on hand to help!

“Walk round the city walls- my little boy loved it and is free x”

LH, Aug 2018

“Walls are walkable, open until dusk. Lovely to walk around and see all of york.”

EB, Oct 2018

York Motorsports Village

Indoor karting and racing simulation for all ages. Children from 4 can find their ‘racing feet’ in our fun, safe, electric F3 Racing karts. Older children from 8 years can experience our F2 Racing petrol karts and adults can race in our flagship F1 ‘PRO’ Racing fleet. Circuit exclusivity guaranteed for groups of just 5 people.

Kathryn Avenue, Monks Cross, YORK, YO32 9JS

T: 01904 673555

Yorkshire Activity Centre

Yorkshire Activity Centre is the ultimate in outdoor adventure activities in the Yorkshire area. We offer the very best in archery, axe throwing, air rifle shooting, bushcraft, segways, quad biking and crossbow shooting. We provide the best activities at the best price.

Yorkshire Activity Centre and Clay Target Centre, Tinker Lane, Harwood Whin, Rufforth, York, YO23 3RR
T: 01904 264643